What Is A Spiritual Approach To Psychotherapy?
Often, when a counselor says they are taking a spiritual way to psychotherapy, it needs further explanation, because the word "spiritual" can have different connotations for you and others.
Let me say what spiritual psychotherapy is not. It's not religious. For me, there is a difference between religion – which I think is based on a certain belief – and spirituality. To find more about the spiritual psychotherapy visit https://www.neshimahealing.com/psychotherapy/.
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Religious people may be spiritual, but spiritual people are not necessarily religious in terms of following a particular religion/world view. So what is spiritual? The word itself indicates that it is related to "spirit". Again, this can cause a difference in meaning and feeling for you.
To me, the mind is just a subtle part of our being that knows more about us than about our everyday awareness. It can also be described as a true self, higher self, supra-consciousness, etc.
The original meaning of the word "psychotherapy" comes from Greek and means "healing of the soul" psyche (soul) and therapy (healing). I like this definition because I think it's a great reminder of what therapy is or could be, which is deeply healing for me.
While most psychotherapy is aimed at helping you become a more balanced and integrated person, deal with stress, and find more fulfillment in life, a spiritual approach also allows for very positive ways of understanding adversity and socializing with parts of you that you are not aware of.